The Thunderhawks are quietly putting together another strong season and after defeating Middletown Friday. They have now won eight straight games and improved their record to 14-3 overall and 10-2 within the Greater Miami Conference.
Normally, that record would put a team in prime position to win a GMC title. However, this season, Lakota East still trails Mason (16-0, 11-0). Earlier this month, Mason handed East two of its three losses, by the scores of 5-2 April 8 and 8-1 April 10.
This week, East will play at Fairfield (9-8, 6-6) Monday, will host Fairfield Wednesday and host Oak Hills (9-6, 6-5) Friday. All games begin at 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, Lakota West (9-10, 5-7) split a doubleheader against Lebanon Saturday. This week, the Firebirds will visit Oak Hills Monday, will host Oak Hills Wednesday and will play at Sycamore (1-13, 0-11) Friday. Again, all games begin at 5 p.m.
Lakota West (11-4, 9-1) will have a chance to take over first place in the GMC this week. It won’t be easy, however, as the Firebirds have to host their school district rival Lakota East (12-5, 6-4) Monday before hosting Mason (12-4, 9-2) Tuesday and then hosting Oak Hills (15-3, 10-1) Wednesday.
If the Firebirds can win out, they will be in prime position to repeat as GMC regular season champions with seven games remaining.
Lakota East lost to Oak Hills, by the score of 1-0 Friday. It was the second time this spring that East lost to the Highlanders in a 1-0 game. After Monday’s game at West, East will play at Middletown (3-15, 1-9) Tuesday, at Princeton (7-12, 1-10) Wednesday, at Hamilton (3-14, 2-9) Thursday and will host Colerain (11-6, 7-5) Friday. All games, including West’s games this week, begin at 4:30 p.m.